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Windows on the World

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Hermès’ Paris flagship windows on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré have long been a consistent source of inspiration for fashion folk and passersby alike, with lavish scenes of exotic, faraway lands transporting viewers thousands of miles away.  The famed French house is celebrating the rich heritage of their windows by honoring the company’s long-time window dresser, Leïla Menchari, with an exhibition at Paris’ L’Institut du Monde Arabe, which faithfully recreates eight of the designer’s most magnificent set designs.  Acting as windows on the world, each of the scenes is punctuated by gorgeous, expertly-crafted Hermès accessories — the live construction of which is also on display, with makeshift “workshops” set up with actual artisans constructing leather goods live in order to help fans get an up close and personal look at the production process.

The show will be on display through June 6, 2010.  More information can be found at www.imarabe.org.

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